Brett Pitman trains at home as Portsmouth future remains uncertain

Brett Pitman today trained at home as the transfer window approaches its conclusion.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:11 pm

But Kenny Jackett insists there have been no offers for the out-of-favour former Blues skipper.

Pitman was today not present at Pompey’s Copnor Road training base, while the remainder of Jackett’s squad appeared to be in attendance.

Instead, the Blues boss explained the striker was working away from the training ground and is scheduled to be back on Friday.

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Yet he remains at Fratton Park, contracted until the season’s end.

Jackett said: ‘Brett has not trained with us today.

‘He is training at home in terms of a heart-rate monitor and will be in tomorrow.

Brett Pitman's Pompey future remains unclear ahead of Friday's 11pm deadline. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘There is no real reason, just the set up of the session, to be honest with you. Then him being in on different days, that’s all.

‘There’s nothing, it has been very, very quiet, I haven’t had any calls. I am speaking to him tomorrow, but similarly I may get a call this afternoon.

‘It’s very, very quiet anyway. In terms of offers for Brett, I haven’t any.’

Pitman has been omitted from Pompey’s past six squads as he drifts further from team selection.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett

With 42 goals in 99 appearances, the former Bournemouth has given tremendous service to the Blues since arriving in the summer of 2017.

However, he remains one of the highest earners in the squad and has fallen well out of favour under Jackett.

Clearly, there still remains the possibility of his departure ahead of Friday's 11pm deadline.

Meanwhile, Jackett is pleased with Pompey's early business during the January window.

He added: ‘Who are you going to get in the next 24 hours? Especially as time gets closer.

‘We had a good little bit of business at the start of the window, where we took three players.

‘Reeco Hackett-Fairchild hasn’t had a chance yet, but he will get an opportunity, and both Seddon and McGeehan have made good impressions as well.’